Paleobiology Database Intensive Workshop in Analytical Methods
The Paleobiology Database has conducted a five-week intensive training workshop in analytical methods since 2005. The 2012 edition will be held at Macquarie University in Sydney, as in 2010 and 2011. Funding for the 2013 edition has also been secured.
The deadline for applications passed on 15 February. The next application deadline is likely to be in February 2013, and the official announcement is likely to be in the late fall. The following information may be useful to those planning to apply.
Topics include community paleoecology, diversity estimation, speciation and extinction, phylogenetics, phenotypic evolution, and morphometrics. Both simulation modelling and data analysis methods are employed. Training combines lectures and labs. Participants are given hands-on instruction in programming using R and taught to use other analytical software. In addition to the workshop coordinator, each week a new instructor is present. The 2012 instructors are John Alroy, Gene Hunt, Tom Olszewski, David Polly, and Pete Wagner.
There is no fee for registration and participants are housed for free in accommodations near the campus. Daily expenses such as meal costs are not subsidized but are only on the order of $10 to $15. Participants are encouraged to solicit travel funds from their home institutions or other organizations. A majority of airfare costs are reimbursed if such funds are not available. There are no other charges of any kind and no other major expenses are likely.
Participants are normally in the early stages of their own research in any area related to paleontology. They should have a background in basic statistics. We strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups.
Applications consist of a one page statement accompanied by a recommendation letter. The statement should include a brief description of current research plans, a list of degrees earned stating the year of graduation in each case, a brief list of relevant classes taken, and an account of the applicant's background in statistics and programming. Applicants are encouraged to explain why the topics addressed by the workshop are of special interest to them and to what extent these subjects are taught at their home institutions.
|Gabrial Aguirre||University of Otago||Manja Hethke||University of Erlangen-Nürnberg|
|Meghan Balk||University of New Mexico||Sabine Nürnberg||Humboldt University Berlin|
|Caleb Brown||University of Toronto||Shubhabrata Paul||University of South Florida|
|Jonathan Calede||University of Washington||Peter Smits||Monash University|
|Lucy Chang||University of California, Berkeley||Allison Stegner||University of California, Berkeley|
|Andy Grass||University of Iowa||Valerie Syverson||University of Michigan|
|Jessie Atterholt||University of California, Berkeley||Alex Janevski||University of Michigan|
|Monica Carvalho||Pennsylvania State University||Julien Millet||Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin|
|Max Christie||University of Georgia||Jon Mitchell||Appalachian State University|
|Liz Ferrer||University of California, Berkeley||John Renaudie||Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin|
|Frank Forcino||University of Alberta||Kathleen Ritterbush||University of Southern California|
|Clotilde Hardy||Université de Bourgogne||Priya Tamma||National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore|
|Mark Bell||University of Bristol||Felix Marx||University of Bristol|
|Katie Collins||University of Wellington||Heike Mewis||Museum für Naturkunde|
|Federico Degrange||Museo de La Plata||Gary Motz||University of Akron|
|Aaron House||University of Cincinnati||Alejo Scarano||Museo de La Plata|
|Annie Lagomarcino||University of Cincinnati||Amelinda Webb||Yale University|
|Kaitlin Maguire||University of California, Berkeley||Shawn Whiteman||University of New Mexico|
|Tracy Aze||Cardiff University||Emily Lindsey||University of California, Berkeley|
|Karen Bacon||University College Dublin||Luis Felipe Opazo||University of Plymouth|
|Diego Balseiro||Universidad Nacional de Córdoba||Juan José Rustan||Universidad Nacional de Córdoba|
|Javier Echevarria||Museo de La Plata||Daniel Thomas||University of Otago|
|Liz Freedman||Montana State University||Michael Tuite||University of Virginia|
|Michelle Lawing||Indiana University||Laura Wilson||Universität Zürich|
|Andrea Cobbett||University of Bath||Murat Maga||University of Texas, Austin|
|Felipe de la Parra||University of Florida||John Orcutt||University of Oregon|
|Kathy Hollis||University of Colorado, Boulder||Claire Samant||Université de Poitiers|
|Philip Jardine||University of Birmingham||Susan Standen||Case Western Reserve University|
|Soïzic Le Fur||Université de Poitiers||Susumu Tomiya||University of California, Berkeley|
|Graeme Lloyd||University of Bristol||Vera Weisbecker||University of New South Wales|
|Ayse Atakul||Middle East Technical University||Stephen Goodyear||University of Texas, Austin|
|Mara Brady||University of Chicago||Sarah Kolbe||University of Copenhagen|
|Andres Cardenas||University of South Florida||Sarda Sahney||University of Bristol|
|Brad Deline||University of Cincinnati||Krister Smith||Yale University|
|Jessica Gilner||Florida Institute of Technology||Bryan Valencia||Florida Institute of Technology|
|Ann Goewert||University of North Carolina||Richard Wilkinson||Cambridge University|
|Jessica Blois||Stanford University||Matt O'Donnell||Pennsylvania State University|
|Devin Buick||University of Cincinnati||Jocelyn Sessa||Pennsylvania State University|
|Sylvain Gerber||Université de Bourgogne||Adam Tomasovych||Universität Würzburg|
|Zack Krug||Pennsylvania State University||Patrick Wall||Syracuse University|
|Elise Nardin||Université de Bourgogne||Mike Weiser||University of Arizona|
|Mike Nowak||Duke University|